Max's Oyster Bar

4.7
2759 reviews
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Max's Oyster Bar is the fourth creation of restaurateur Richard Rosenthal and his partner Bob Cooke, formerly of Legal Seafood Restaurant Company. Located among unique shops, coffeehouses, and several restaurants, Max's Oyster Bar compliments West Hartford Center's charming and growing shopping district. The understated atmosphere of muted colors and comfortable seating allows diner's to focus on the truly important, the food. Featuring modern renditions of classic American seafood, Max's Oyster Bar menu has something for everyone. While seafood is the focal point, there are selections for even the most land bound. Ethnic influences are apparent throughout a menu filled with new interpretations on traditional fare.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere!

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Awesome people and wonderful food!!!

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J
New England
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Never been disappointed. Filet and Lobster, awesome!

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M
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Been to Max's over 50 times in past 15 years.... this restaurant has never FAILED me once. The food has always been AWESOME especially seafood and oysters. Keep up the good work.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

10 year anniversary and the establishment did know. This was a good experience, but our initial table was sandwiched closely between other customers. Fortunately there was a window table available. For a regular meal this would have been fine but for an anniversary the table window should have been the default choice. Good restaurant, good service, will go again.

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was wonderful! We sat outside and when it started to drizzle she helped us switch tables easily. Food, as always, was excellent!

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LP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service.

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g
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Usually quite good, however, 2 of us had the specials, one swordfish.. which was a bit overcooked and the
Whole dish was math luke warm... like it was sitting around, the other was cod special and again, not warm but tasty.. the fish and chips were good reported the diner who had that..
Also have become a bit stingy with the bread and crackers, etc...

All in all.. prob cooks night off..

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything-food, service & ambience-was perfection

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience overall. The restaurant is top-notch and will be telling all my friends about it.

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B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The lobster bake was an amazing special, properly portioned, excellently done. Pricing good too.

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j
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far and away our favorite special occasion/ seafood place; and sometimes we look for an excuse to have a special occasion! From casual lunches outside or at the bar to romantic dinners MaxO does it all extremely well. Our server remembered us this week from a February visit--including that I am gluten free; we are always treated well and enjoy our dining experience. Have never had anything on the menu I would not recommend!

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PS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great oysters, attentive staff. nice price point wine list. Had the 4th of July special lobster bake - well worth it.

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HG
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had the lobster fest menu... clam chowder, lobster and dessert for $29.95 and it was a lot of food. The lobster was 1 1/4 pounds and also had clams, potatoes and sausage. It was a great meal and a great value.

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CY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I and a friend indulged in the Lobster Fest prix fixe dinner. It was lovely. Thanks for keeping this New England tradition alive.

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j
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Had the Fourth of July lobster special. The best place to celebrate my independence is at max oyster bar.

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V
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Lobster roll was delicious. Other party members had tacos which were also very good.

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d
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was good, but could have been better seeing that we arrived before the crowd. Limited cocktail menu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service !

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n
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great special menu. Black bean soup with lobster was executed superbly. Pan seared swordfish with wild rice, andouille sausage, and corn also was excellent. Fresh oysters were good as always. Fried clams with fries and slaw also worth a try. Try the special mezcal cocktail.

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JJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding. Great food, great service! Highly recommend it.

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R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic dining experience. Our server, Jerry, was amazing, top notch. The food was really delicious, always a creative menu for both food and drinks. We’re always happy at Max Oyster but this particular dinner was especially flawless. Thank you!!

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r
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

received a card and dessert for our anniversary. very thoughtful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

IMHO, Max’s Oyster Bar is the crown jewel in their enterprise! The food & service were stellar!

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oysters were phenomenal. We shared the paella and the rib eye special and it was so good. We could’ve probably gotten away with one or the other because the potions were huge. Well worth the price. Our server Laura was so sweet!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for our Anniversary. We appreciated the complementary Cajun shrimp sample and glasses of champagne & truffles for dessert to acknowledge our special occasion. This was a pleasant surprise. The shellfish sampler tray was fantastic! Terrific meal. We sat outside for a nice evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Had the worst service ever. Will not return.

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a
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. Great food and service. It was a beautiful day and we ate on the patio, but whether eating in or out the atmosphere is always nice.

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p
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great atmosphere,we will be coming back here again for sure

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first experience at Max's as we were in from out of town. We decided on Max's due to a positive recommendation from a family member! They were right on point with this establishment! Great food, nice ambiance and good service! There was an option of outside dining as well! Our waiter was accommodating and attentive. We all considered the prices to be very reasonable! We would certainly not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to others!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Max’s Oyster Bar. Our server was very knowledgeable and was more than willing to explain the raw bar and regular menus. The food was delicious. Would definitely recommend!

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j
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous- beautifully presented and high quality ingredients. Great service with knowledgeable servers. We enjoyed our evening.

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D
New England
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The oysters and clams from the raw bar were outstanding. We also had a strip steak and herb grilled lobster that were also delicious. I am definitely going back!!

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GP
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Everything is great except the noise level. Way, way, way too loud.

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D
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ron the veteran server is a west Hartford treasure! Oysters , clams and shrimp cocktail are ultra fresh it could make you cry! Fish entree and lobster were. Perfect, best seafood in the state!

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OT
New England
217 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best seafood in central Connecticut. Both the halibut and lobster roll were delicious. Service was outstanding.

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f
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh food expertly served. We sat for a long time with an old friend, and nobody bothered us.

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JF
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service!

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent fresh food. Great service,lively atmosphere

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